What comes after blogging?

* First comes static Web site postings, then comes blogs, then comes tumblelogs

First came Web sites with static postings. Then came blogs, essentially diaries on steroids. The astute reader might guess what question that raises: What comes after blogging? Some believe the answer is "tumblelogs" - a curious and compelling hybrid of a blog and a scrapbook. The definitive tumblelog service today is Tumblr, but the term "tumblelog" was first coined as long ago as 2005 to describe the formatting of a blog.

Tumblelogs are interesting as they encourage very short entries; think Twitter meets multimedia.

If you sign up for Tumblr (which is free and intended to always be so) you can add one or more RSS feeds, Del.icio.us, Digg, Twitter, Wordpress, VOX, Blogger, Livejournal, or YouTube account posting to your tumblelog. You can also create “channels” of non-automatically compiled items.

Tumblr provides users with a Web page for their tumblelog at a custom URL and also generates an RSS feed and pings Technorati and My Yahoo! when you post. Posts can be regular text posts or they can be photos, quotes, links, conversations, or videos. You can also view a calendar display broken out by month of all the archived items in a tumblelog.

But wait! There’s more! There’s also a bookmarklet that allows you to post to Tumblr directly from your browser that is smart enough to understand the correct format of the item you’re posting! (Note: the bookmarklet for some reason is very hard to find).

You can also post to your tumblelog from your cell phone, using an OS X widget (the Tumblet) or by instant messaging. There’s also a special URL for each tumblelog so that it can be read on mobile devices.

Tumblr is remarkable. It has that same immediacy that twitter has once you get to grips with it. I’ve just started getting deep into Tumbler and you can see my tumblelog so far.

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